Showing posts with label Tourism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tourism. Show all posts

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

#MacronInLagos: 7 Takeways from President Macron's visit to Nigeria



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History was made when French President, Emmanuel Macron paid a visit to Nigeria. The 39-year-old, who became the youngest president in the history of France, was delighted to be hosted by Nigerians. As we awaited his arrival, all was set to make an indelible impression on the French president. 

His first port of call was at Aso rock where he met with President Buhari. Of course, this visit to the most populous country in Africa would have been incomplete without  'touching' the center of excellence- Lagos State. The meeting point was the New Afrika shrine in the heart of the Ikeja, the state's capital. 

In an event tagged as 'A celebration of African culture' being hosted by Nigerian singer, Banky W, the French president in the company of the Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode played the guests. Surrounded by music enthusiasts, Nigerian celebrities, diplomats, the media, the shrine was lit up to the highest climax of entertainment and infotainment. 

With thrilling performances from the artistes particularly from Femi Kuti, son of the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the afrobeats legend, guests were held spellbound by the quality of good music and live performances. 

It was not just another occasion for merriment. It was also a good time to establish contacts and make lasting networks. To the fashion conscious, it was time to make fashion statement. Trust Nigerian celebrities, who were present, they 'did not fall' hand, they didn't not only make their presence felt, they made their fashion statements. Notable among them was Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde, Joke and Olu Jacobs, Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Alexx Ekubo to mention a few who came decked up in different stylish attires.


The French president's visit to Nigeria left many imprints and they include:
-Nigeria reclaims its place in the world map not as the known corrupt and 'Shit-hole' country that it has been linked to but as a nation of hardworking and accommodating citizens, who are open-minded and industrious enough  to establish ties with their foreign counterparts

-In essence, the bilateral ties between France and Nigeria would become stronger. French investors would have no issues in doing business in Nigeria and vice-versa. With this integration, all barriers and limitation to trading and business ventures are now broken. Basically, free trade zones have now been established.

- Tourism, a thriving sector of the economy is being tapped into. Ever since, crude oil was discovered and became the mainstay of the Nigerian economy,other sectors suffered neglect. However, the French president's visit to Nigeria particularly to the Africa shrine has shown that tourism is very lucrative venture that can attract and serve tourists from far and wide .


- It has made Nigerians appreciate and embrace their culture more. With the introduction of westernization, the African culture, arts and music became relegated to the backseat. However, the French president's visit has made us to value and appreciate our culture more besides it  is our pride and identity.

- He serves as a big inspiration to the younger generation. It was gathered that before he became president, he worked as an intern in the French Embassy in Nigeria in the early 2000s before becoming the number one citizen of France. In other words, "if you can make in Nigeria, you can make it anywhere".


- With Nigeria housing over 180 million people and producing two million barrels of crude oil per day, this is an indicator to France that the country is a key economic partner for business investments and opportunities.


- A major merger between Nigeria and France to fight insurgency facing the former has been established and is another visible result of President Emmanuel Macron's visit.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lagos State hosts first ever Tourism Summit 2018 (Photos)







Tourism, another thriving and key sector of any economy, needs to be more tapped into. As part of measures to grow this sector, the Lagos State government held its first ever Lagos State Tourism Summit that took place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island on April 16. It was also an opportunity to showcase Lagos State rich heritage and culture.

The summit which was tagged "Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism- Driven Economy", had the Lagos State Governor , Mr Akinwumi Ambode deliver a special message with focus on developing a masterplan to make Lagos a mega city-state which is culturally attractive and functional. 

Another keynote speaker at the event was the former President of Ghana, Mr John Dramani Mahama, who noted that Nigerian and Ghana could collaborate to grow their tourism sector. According to him, Ghana ensures that 1 percent of taxes  go to the tourism of the country and the film act of Ghana, among other laws.

Foul panel sessions where papers were delivered and discussed by Nigerian tourism bigwigs and other invited guests,  included CEO of Access bank, Herbert Wigwe, Professor Pat Utomi, Honourable Desmond Elliot, Mrs Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi, Mo Abudu and others, was was one of the high points of the event.

Other guests included Nollywood stars, Monarchs and other Lagos State stakeholders. 

See more photos below:


                               









Photo credit: acceleratetv.com, Instagram@akinwumiambode